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We just finished the docking port, so now you will be able to join your crafts together in holy matrimony.

With this ring, I thee wed,
and all my fuel tanks are belong to you.
In orbit and in wreckage,
in poverty or in sandbox mode,
till explosions do us part.

We dropped the two-part docking system from SimpleRockets 1 (docking port and docking plug). Now it's a single, androgynous part that can connect to any other docking port. Once you connect with another craft, you can freely transfer fuel between any available fuel tanks. Docking is tricky, so we had to add a translational mode to the RCS nozzles so that you can easily move your craft forwards, sideways, and up/down without rotating. It helps quite a bit, but it still takes skill to make a connection.

There are no limits to how many docking ports you can stick on a craft, well except for what your CPU and GPU can handle. This is one of the most important parts in the game because it allows you to keep building onto your crafts even after they are in flight. It's also one of the trickiest parts I've implemented. A lot of stuff happens when you make or break a connection and it took quite a while to get it working just right. Don't worry, I'm sure I left a few bugs in there for you to enjoy too.

Here are the details for the part:

  • Mass: 100kg (220lbs)
  • Price: $50k

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    @AndrewGarrison Can you dock without refueling? Also, can you refuel the station?

    24 days ago
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    118 tsampoy

    @Chancey21 oh.

    one month ago
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    248 Chancey21

    Fuel levels @tsampoy

    one month ago
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    118 tsampoy

    What are those 100% Things?

    one month ago
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    Keep up the amazing (as always) work!!

    +2 3 months ago
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    Plz add that you can have something docked in editors mode.

    +3 3 months ago
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    102 JetFly

    @AndrewGarrison Make parts move more.For example, some kind of crankshaft in rover wheels to translate engine thrust to a wheel
    I mean rotating green part here

    4 months ago
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    @Sharandeep981 Yep, we have smoke trails in the vacuum right now. XD

    +6 4 months ago
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    @Cwillis No cheats in the stock game, but there will be mod support....

    +1 4 months ago
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    @chancey21 No, the docking ports aren't tied to activation groups.

    +1 4 months ago
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    @mikethespike056 Currently used for the command pod's gyroscope, ion engine, and rover wheels.

    +4 4 months ago
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    @MrTaco I think it's currently at 7x for SR2.

    +3 4 months ago
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    248 Chancey21

    Will these be locked to AGs or Inputs or what? @AndrewGarrison

    4 months ago
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    I love that blue tone that everything has, the command pod, the solar panels, the engine, and also the webpage. Also @AndrewGarrison the electricity will only be used for the ion engine or will it be used for more things?

    4 months ago
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    108 BaconRoll

    Very cool.
    What's cooler is the lack of naughty jokes in the comments.

    4 months ago
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    216 MrTaco

    What will be the fastest physical warp. In SR1 it’s only 2x. @AndrewGarrison

    4 months ago
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    @AndrewGarrison will there be cheats infinet fuel, unbreaking, etc?

    4 months ago
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    @AndrewGarrison When the game gonna be release on Android?

    4 months ago
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    100 Strucker

    Expecting this to be expensive and take ages to get onto the tablet or Ipad

    4 months ago
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    100 Strucker

    There is money? Wut the hell

    4 months ago
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    @AndrewGarrison did I just see a bit of a smoke trail coming out of that engine(if not I am sorry!) Why is there a smoke trail in a Vacuum!!!!!!

    4 months ago
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    @AndrewGarrison ok cool!

    4 months ago
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    @Seanbon007 You can scale landing legs all the way up to 250% of their original size, or down to 50%.

    +3 4 months ago
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    @AndrewGarrison oh yeah and also don’t forget to add Easter eggs... I love them ;) I’m planning on buying the game right when it comes out.

    +1 4 months ago
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    216 MrTaco

    I think you can change the size of the landing legs themselves. @Seanbon007

    +2 4 months ago
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